Mary's Meals - Mission of Love

What a wonderful afternoon of music and variety everyone enjoyed on Saturday 6 October in the Church Street hall.  Our Choir had offered to raise funds for Mary's Meals Mission of Love project and the concert they produced wasn't just a great success but also a wonderful showcase for home-grown talent and a celebration of all that is good in Burns and Old.



Our grateful thanks must go to the ladies of the Choir, supported by James our organist, not only for their lovely musical contribution but also for all their hard work arranging such a varied and artistic programme.

As to the additional artists, including our own Ian Strain on the banjo and James on the piano, a thank you to them too for their musical contributions. It was also lovely to hear as well, local soprano Jean MacDonald, sing a hymn written by our dear friend and organist, the late Maureen Divers, who will always have a special place in our hearts.

The Harmony Group got us all clapping and tapping with their upbeat numbers and a little added magic and community singing from our friend the Rev John Campbell helped bring the afternoon full circle.

We are grateful too to Thomas Chalmers who was compere for the afternoon and not only introduced the acts but reminded us about the importance and aim of the afternoon.  A big thank you too to everyone who worked to ensure everything ran to order behind the scenes and to those who baked, served a great tea, helped out and ferried chairs about; we couldn't have done it without you!

And so, our new total for Mission of Love:

  • Our shortfall to meet our final target was £436.75

  • Music and Variety Concert raised £1,150

  • Grand Total £5,231.25

This is an unbelievable amount, raised by you and once again, highlights the strength and unity of our church and how working for a common purpose brings us together. The extra money raised will be put to good use by the charity in so many worthwhile feeding projects as they try to address humanitarian issues throughout the world.

Once this final instalment of fundraising has been lodged with the charity, there will be a school report which will be available to all.  On the Mary's Meals website you will find their statement of values which underpin all the work carried out by the charity. Highlighted above all else is the testimony "we have confidence in the innate goodness of people" and no more so has that been on display than these past eight months while we have been fundraising.

Once again, on behalf of all the team, thank you all for all the fundraising you have supported.

Mary Paterson

Above are a few photographs taken on the day, showing all the artists, the "tea" ladies and the audience enjoying a thoroughly good afternoon's entertainment. Click an image and click the love heart to share the love... 

Mary's Meals Back Pack Update

On our big packing weekend this year, we filled 311 back packs. the highest number ever packed on a single day! A further 39 were later added bringing our grand total to 350  back packs, a match for last year!

Thank  you for all the many items and monetary donations that everyone has handed in once again. Along with this and the support of many beyond our Church walls who year on year donate and ask for no recognition, have helped us achieve another outstanding year of back packing.

As this project has grown over the years, so too has the commitment of many to become more involved and we thank everyone who has given their time these past weeks, including the Friday and Sunday of the packing weekend to sort and fill the back packs.

The Sunday School was a great help, filling the bags, ensuring that not only were the back packs filled but colour co-ordinated with items too! The amount of care that the boys and girls took to pack them ensured that each back pack was not only packed with every item but a little bit of love too.

We want to raise £4,518 to feed 325 children for a whole school year at Chambawa school in Zambia. To date, we have raised £4,081.85 so with just over £400 to raise we can see our target well within our sight.

Our wonderful church choir is hosting a variety concert on Saturday 6 October to help us reach that final target. Come along and enjoy a lovely afternoon of entertainment; tickets (which will include tea/coffee and home baking) will be on sale shortly.

A big thank you also to everyone who has spent considerable time shopping and going the extra mile to hunt down the bargains, making donations go further and allowing us to reach such a total once again.

We all like getting a bargain and our intrepid shoppers have admitted themselves that it has become an obsession trying to find the best deals.

The back packs initially displayed in the Church were uplifted by the charity along with clothing donations which can be sold in their charity shops. Everything that has been donated is used in some shape or form to support the charity's work.

It is wonderful to think that through everyone's efforts this year, we will not just be feeding 325 children through the "sponsoring a school feeding" programme but also giving that number and more a hand up in their education too.

Thank you does not quite cover it, but on behalf of the team and 350 happy children, a very big and heartfelt THANK YOU.

This project brings our congregation together, working in a common purpose while enjoying friendship and fellowship. We are indebted to all in our congregation as well as family, friends, colleagues and the wider community who give so willingly to this venture.

We will sort out all the items on Friday 31 August in order that the back packs can be packed after morning worship on Sunday 2 September; the back packs will be present at our Harvest Thanksgiving Service on 30 September. Come along and join in, you are very welcome (remember to bring a packed lunch)!

Mary's Meals welcomes all their supporters in a day of celebration on Sunday 9 September at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. As well as hearing first hand from a variety of members how the charity transforms lives, there will be entertainment, stalls and coffee.  This is a free event and those of us who attended last year found it very inspirational as well as a very enjoyable afternoon.  A free place can be reserved through or call 0800 6981212.